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Remember when AMT Model Car Kit was $1.50

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fordstandard, May 2, 2010.

  1. studematt
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    Just some pic's of the junk in the cabinet in the dinning room. First two pic's are of all the 1958 amt/smp annuals (first actual model year) all in boxes. Next two pic's are some 1959 annuals amt and jo-han kits. My dad always told people when I was a kid that if the house burnt down they would find me dead in front of a pile of melted plastic. Been collecting early kits for over 20 years. In the second pic you can see a trojan box from 1954.
     

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  2. Deuces
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  3. I must be real old! I remember being pissed off when the AMT kits went up to $1.19! But then gas was $.24 9/10!
     
  4. Deuces
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    I was at Micheal's the other day looking for the new Revell '68 Hemi Dart kit... They were out of those.. :( Anyway, the top of the line 2n' 1 kits are going for 24.95 each.... Man, that makes me sick! :mad:
     
  5. Guys- Today I'm lookin for a 1950 Ford 2 Dr Sedan "MODEL KIT" to build !

    (I want to display it next to my 50)

    Does any company make them? I've seen 49 Fords
     
  6. yblock292
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    was in hobby lobby yesterday looking at models..........$24.99 and no kool ones, mostly late model muscle cars
     
  7. Cut55
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    My first car model was the AMT Junior Trophy '59 Edsel which retailed for a dollar. I got mine at the local Kress in 1967 when I was 5 and it was probably .79 cents since "dime stores" (or "five and dimes") usually discounted prices down below retail. I found this one on eBay about ten years ago and added it to my collection. If you look closely you can see the kit number, 04-029-100 with the 100 meaning one dollar suggested retail price. You can see that the Aurora Fokker retailed for a dollar as well (c1965) and the lousy Premier '56 Thunderbird retailed for 89 cents c1956.

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  8. I've got a '59 Impala AMT Craftsman model that was only about half what the thread title suggests -- only 77-cents! :D

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  9. Cut55
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    Yep, back when a kid could scratch up four quarters for mowing the lawn. Finish by noon and then off to the dime store for a model car.
     
  10. Deuces
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    I have Monogram's version of this one..
     
  11. Deuces
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  12. philo426
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  13. I remember $1.50.....AMT were the best !!!!!!!
     
  14. Deuces
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    That is nice!! :)
     
  15. philo426
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    Thanks! I mixed the aqua paint myself!
     
  16. Deuces
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  17. Trukcrazy
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    Great thread, lots of memories. I remember getting madels at Kmart in the 60s for $1.14 then they went up to $1.44. Outrageous. I still have a lot of mine from the day, they're stored away. :D Good times back then.
     
  18. Deuces
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    I think Kmart was S.S. Kresgie's back in them dayz... That's where I bought my first batch of kits... And then there was Federal's Dept. Store and a couple of others..
     
  19. Deuces
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    I've bought kits on clearance from "Toys R Us" for about 7 bucks a couple of years ago... That be a place to look for some....
     
  20. curbstone
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    I still buying models and I'm 56. Building Walts Puffer Fiat at the moment. I tried to get my stepsons involved and they enjoyed it for a couple years. Both 28 & 32 grown up now but not into models.
    I don't think kids today have the ability to sit and work on a model for 2-4 hrs at a time.
    Soon I'll be out in the garage working on the Cat (69 Cougar). Getting it ready to sell. Only drove it 100 miles last year..Just don't have time. Now if it was a '32 Ford Coupe or roadster I might have driven it more.
     
  21. Me 2. 56 and still have the model bug..and hot rods. :) I agree. Kids are too used to being entertained today.
     
  22. carcrazyjohn
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    Now a days to build a model is 50 bucks after paint and supplies ,They ruined it for the next generation coming up ,I dont remember 1.50 ,I remember 3.99 and 4.99 and up to 7.99 ..........I only build a few models a year ,To expensive ,I just put the money into my project cars instead .......
     
  23. Deuces
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    Still a great pass time for the winter blues....
     
  24. oldblu65
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  25. The_Monster
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    I think my first kit was like a 40 ford or something, but I painted it every color of paint I had... all at once. I remember going up into the attic years later and it was still tacky and soft. That paint never dried!! haha! I called it my easter egg car!

    I still build models, Im 36. I enter them every year to the Portland Roadster Show. They have their own model contest. Cool thing is, if you enter a kit, you get a free pass. So my dad, brother and I enter kits early on Thursday night and then walk the whole show as cars are rolling into the hall and setting up. Then we come back on Sunday, use our free pass, go to the model awards, and then check out the show again.

    Two show days for free, just for submitting a kit. Id say that justifies $20 for a kit.
     
  26. lordairgtar
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    You are going to have to get the 49 Ford and then find a 50 convertible kit to use the 1950 specific parts on the 49 body. Or you can just order 1950 grille and the rest from www.modelhaus.com
     
  27. Deuces
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    Sounds like a good deal!! :)
     
  28. lordairgtar
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    Currently building the Heller Alpine A210 kit. This was released in the 60s by AMT as a double kit along with a Renault Gordini Rally racer. This old Heller tool is quite fiddly to assemble in the suspension area. It was and still is a very complex kit. If care is taken, it builds well. You even have to wind your own coil springs to make the shocks. If anyone wants to tackle this kit, I would suggest some modifications to the body. The lower part of the front grille opening is molded as part of the floor pan, so when you assemble it, there is an unsightly seem that runs through the headlight and grille opening. I cut this part off of the floor pan and glue to the body as a separate part, then putty the seam and smooth it out to ready for primer and paint.
     
  29. Deuces
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    I've got a bunch of kits I started on.. A '68 El Camino, '61 Impala SS 409, '66 Olds W-30 442, '62 Belair 409, '66 L-79 Nova SS and a '69 Nova SS 396... I just don't know which one to finish first.. :eek::rolleyes:
     

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